Welcome to my blog. I hope you find plenty of inspiration here. Nothing too fancy, no great skills required, just lots of cards, gifts and perhaps the odd bit of shopping.

My blog contains lots of links to freebies. Without sounding like "mother" can I ask you to leave a kind comment to the generous givers of such fabulous artwork. I know of at least a couple of artists who are feeling a bit unloved at the moment. Thanks. X

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Love is Sweet.

Evening all. I'm a bit late today as I've been out shopping. I still had birthday money ( yes, from July ) which I hadn't spent as I've been waiting for the Autumn stuff to come into the shops.  I got myself a couple of nice knitted tops and some jeans. I got them from Wallis. They are boot cut with just enough elastic in the waist to hoist them over my bum. There's no sticky out bit at the front where the button would be so they make my stomach look quite flat. I got a dark navy pair and another pair the colour of............wait for it..........Caramac, lol. I' ve got quite a few creamy and beige tops and they look good with teal green too.
When I did get home I had to knuckle down and make a couple of cards I'd been putting off. It's my sister in law's Anniversary on Monday so Mum in law asked me to make one for her to give.

This is the one for me and Speedy to send. I don't really have much stuff for making wedding/ anniversary cards but Meljens came to the rescue with this image. The hearts are also Meljens which I resized to fit. I coloured them and added glossy accents before cutting them out.

The paper is from Craftwok Cards and the card base is 6" x6".

Challenges.  Creative Card Crew. Anything goes.
                    Deep Ocean Challenge blog. Hearts.
                    Do you stack up.  Friendly critters.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

My name is Diane and I'm an addict..........

.....................to Pinterest!!  Do NOT click on the link unless you've done all the housework. Loads of people already know this site but I was always the slow one, lol. So many nice things to look at and loads of crafty inspiration. Go there if you dare...........

Today's card share is a bit out of my comfort zone as it's a C6. I usually do square ones but I bought loads of these last year as they were in a sale. I tend to struggle a bit with layouts for rectangular cards but I really must use them or they weren't such a bargain.
The image is from Meljens Designs. The bones paper is DCWV from stack 6 and the dotty paper is by Papermania.
I coloured a fabric flower with a promarker and added a circle sentiment from Craftwork Cards. I have at least 120 of these cards left so I'd better get used to them.

Challenges,  One stop craft challenge. Anything but square.
                    Polka Doodles, Spots and dots.
                    Do you stack up. Masculine

Friday, 26 August 2011

A few more Christmas cards.

Mornin' all. Guess where I went yesterday?

Yep, that's right. I went for a mammogram, lol. It was my first time and one of the girls I work with said she'd rather give birth so I was dreading it. When she calls in for her wages today I'll throttle her. There was nothing to it. A bit of a dull ache but that's all. They do not squash your boobs to within an inch of your life as I was expecting, just a small squash and she kept asking if it was ok to squash a bit more before she went any further. So if anyone's wondering, it's not bad at all and I'll definitely be going for my 3 yearly checks without getting worked up. While I was looking for info on the net I found this beauty.

It made me titter. I bet there'd be no shortage of women applying for that job. Revenge would be so sweet.

Anyway,  on to my cards.
Just simple ones with a Meljens image and some scraps of paper. The sentiment stamp is from a Penny Black clear set.
That's it from me for now. I'll look for some challenges when I get home from work.

Paulette at TLC Creations will be adding a free digi image to her blog every time she gets a new follower until sunday, so what are you waiting for? Get following.

Challenges. Craft us Crazy. Anything goes.
                  Moving along with the times.  Birds.
                  Divas by design. Christmas

Target weight 9st 2lb.  Today's weight, a naughty 9st 3lb.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Live Life Glamorously.

Well,  that's one thing you can't call me. Glamorous. I can't walk in heels for a start. Hats drown me. I'm short, and I slouch. You can't work on your feet for 36 years and not end up slouching ,lol. Still this is what glamorous looks like.
I found the image HERE.  I can't link directly to the blog as i stupidly only saved the image  addy. I will leave it like this for now but will do a bit of searching and try to find the blog  .EDIT, I've found it. It was from Digital 2 for Tuesday. I've edited the link and feel heaps better. We ain't supposed to give links to the image, just links to the blog so I can sleep with a clear conscience tonight.  The caption is from TLC Creations. Papers are by K & Company and the card base is 6"x6".
You can't tell from the photo but I went over the necklace with a clear stardust sakura pen. The flower is made with a sizzlits embossing die which I've had for about 3 years and have hardly used.

Challenges.  Glitter Fairies.  Pink
                    Cardmakin Mamas. pink
                    The Corrosive Challenge.  Girlie.
                    Stamps R Us.  Anything goes.

While I'm here I must show you this photo.
This is what the local council have done to our trees because they think it will attract more tourists. I kept my nose out of it as as it made no difference to my life what they did to the trees.  Then I found out how much it cost.  £25.000 !!!!!   And no, I haven't put too many noughts!  There are so many empty shops in Chester because the rent and rates are too high and this is what's at the top of the council's shopping list. All paid for with our council tax no doubt............

Friday, 19 August 2011

Dance Yourself Dizzy.

Morning everyone. Friday again so that means early start at the paper shop. It's Getting so dark in the mornings now too. I get up at 5.30 because I'm not into rushing around so early in the day. I like to get ready slowly and I have to visit the Daily Mail website every morning. Yes I know I work in a paper shop but I'm turning into my dad who had to read his paper as soon as he got up.
On to to day's card which actually uses a rubber stamp!!
Her name is Dotty and she is made by Art Impressions. I got her from Sir Stampalot a few years ago but I'm sure she's still available. I paper pieced her dress then cut her out as i wanted to put her on a " textured" background. There is so much space around her that she looks a bit lost on plain white.
I put loads of stickles on her dress and used an X Cut botanicals punch for the leaves. The papers are from my scraps but i think they are from a Papermania Christmas pad.
By the way if you have a WHS near you it might be worth popping in as I got a 12x12 scrapbook pad for  £3.50. It's a Brenda Walton and apart from 36 double sided lightweight card pages there are lots of usable die cut letters, numbers and tags etc.

Challenges.  City Crafter. Use scraps
                   Crazy Amigo. Black white and red.
                   Divas by Design. Birthdays
                   Rainbow lady's. Song  ( dance yourself dizzy ).
                   Southern Girls. Black white and one colour.

Today's weight, 9st 2lb ( target weight).

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

40p Christmas Gift.

And a snack to eat while you're making it. Can't be bad. I saw these canisters of bread sticks at Morrisons and as they were on special offer i thought I'd buy a couple.
Not because I wanted the bread sticks though. Oh, no, it was the canister I was after. The bread sticks were just an added bonus. The main attraction was the clear lid. I know the pringles have clear lids but they're three times the price and three times as fattening ( i mean you couldn't just throw them away could you, lol.) So here's today's crafty make.

I wanted my first one to be quite " grown up" so I used THIS  little tree image from Create with TLC.  I got the caption from there too. The papers are K&CO.  I cut a circle of matching paper to cover the top of the lid then used a gallon of Stickles around the lid and the front layers. Makes it look so expensive, lol.
Not bad for 40p. It's about 10" high so will take lots of choccie type things , trial size toiletries or perhaps a rolled up scarf or even a T shirt. The list is endless.  Well what are you waiting for ? Morrisons is open............

Challenges.  My Time o Craft. The Letter G  ( glitter glue )
                   Creative challenges, Anything but a card.
                   Try it on Tuesdays. Anything goes
                   Craft Your Passion. Anything but a card.
                   Make it Monday. Anything goes.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Yummy Cookies.

Another dull day in Chester. There's a big black cloud just sitting there ready to burst. Not moving much, just sitting waiting for enough people to be out without an umbrella. Well, it won't get me as I'm not going anywhere this afternoon. I'm just going to stay in and relax, maybe do a bit of colouring while thinking about chocolate cookies.
I found the image from Arthur's Free Clipart  HERE. It prints out really well considering it's only a colouring page. There are quite a lot of  unusual images on the site. I got the caption from Create with TLC.
Here's a close up of the yummy cookies. Have you ever wanted to eat one of your cards?  The paper is a scrap of Papermania Henbury Lane and the card base is 5" square. I'm off to get myself a biscuit before i do eat the card..................

Challenges,  Crazy 4 Challenges. Monochromatic.
                   Inspire me fridays.  Anything goes.
                   Totally Papercrafts.  Food and drink.
                   Catered Crop.  Recipe FTR18 ( promarkers.). Oops sorry didn't read the info properly. It should have been back to school/ garden theme. Don't know how to delete my entry.
                   Stamps & fun.  Monochrome.
                   Paper Playtime. Anything goes.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Whoops, nearly forgot.

I was sitting here eating my brekkie when i remembered my poor old blog. So it's going to be very quick,lol.
Image from Free Extras. Paper from stash, maybe Papermania. Sentiment done on computer.
Close up of image.

EDIT. Back from work now and found a couple of challenges
            Cute Card Thursday Clean and simple.
            Stampin Royalty. Photo Inspiration.

Weight 9st 2lb (target weight). Boring, I'll have to stuff myself tomorow, lol.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011


...............Summer, lol.  What a horrible windy wet day. I was looking through my images for something to make today and this one is perfect.
It's from TLC Creations, but I didn't make a note of the page addy. I usually copy and paste the URL into the "add caption" bit under my pics in picasa but now and again I forget. The caption is on THIS page. I hope it's still available as most designs are now only up for 48 hours before going into the shop.
The papers are by Summer Driggs. We owe such a lot to these generous providers of freebies. I know they have helped me a lot with my paper crafting. Sometimes I just don't want to do something cutesy and these images and papers are such a Godsend. I thought the card looked a bit bare around the edges so the old peel offs came out of hiding.
I'm off now to do a terrible thing...............................HOUSEWORK !!

Challenges,  One Stitch at a Time. Use a digi.
                    I did it Creations, Children.
                    Birthday Sundaes, Birthday.
                    Make it Monday, Anything goes.
                    KB Cute Monday. Digi
                    Shopping our Stash. Dogs/ digi.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Spice Box.

My sister has just had a new kitchen put in so I've made her a little, "happy new kitchen" pressie. I've been making loads of blank boxes lately so this one just needed decorating.
I got the image from TLC Creations HERE. Paulette has (quite rightly) made the decision to only keep her designs as freebies for 48 hours as a result of too many people just snagging and going without so much as a thank you. After 48 hours the designs will be up for sale in her shop.Become a follower so as not to miss out. Fortunately this little chef is still available, so is the caption HERE.
The box is just the right size for 2 jars of Schwartz seasonings. Nice little stocking filler for "awkward" people, lol. The paper is by K& Company.
Not sure if I'll be able to find any suitable challenges for this one but I'm off to have a look.

Found a few.  Challenges. Sisterhood of Crafters.  Simply Handmade.
                                        Allsorts challenge. Red
                                        Stamp Something. Use a digi

Friday, 5 August 2011

Early Bird.

Yes that's me on Fridays. Up at 5.45 to get ready for work. Good job I'm not going in search of bread.
I made up the sentiment because I think I'ts so true of most supermarkets. The image is by Meljens Designs available from Whimsy Stamps.
There is a link in my side bar to the free digi buttons. You can't really tell in the pic but I've coated them with glossy accents. The paper is from my stash of unidentified scraps.

Time to get ready to go and sell newspapers to the early birds now, lol.

 Challenges. I love promarkers. Things with wings.

Todays weight 9st 2lb ( target weight ).

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Feeling Fruity.

I thought I'd make a nice summery card today as the weather is so nice. Mind you I did trash my room in search of my mojo.

 This card is the result of thinking "oh well, I'll just do some colouring while the mojo is away". It all fell into place when i remembered this caption from Ginger's House  HERE. The image is also a freebie and is from Meljens Designs HERE.  The flowers are also Meljens and there is a link to them at the top of my sidebar. I coloured them, added glossy accents and cut them out. Another thing that gets done when the mojo takes a hike.
EDIT. OMG!  How freaky is this, I've just been to TLC blog and apparently today is............wait for it............National watermelon day!!!!!!

Challenges. For fun Challenges. Anything goes.
                  Little red wagon. Put a Critter on it.
                  Tuesday Throwdown. Summertime
                  Craft your passion. Anything goes.
                  Penny's papercrafty. Watermelon
                  The Playdate Cafe. Watermelon, sorbet and lime.


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